Why does phonics teaching appear not to be impacting? | Gordon Askew

Recent ‘evidence’ that the government’s emphasis on phonics does not appear to be impacting on reading standards overall, despite clear improvements in outcomes for the Y1 Phonics Screening Check, is being leapt upon by detractors as a clear vindication of what they have believed all along: that the emphasis on phonics is too narrow and schools should return to a mixed strategy approach to reading.
However such a simplistic misinterpretation seriously distracts from the real issues and will lead us yet further away from the universal achievement of fluent reading which we all want for the…

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